Next stop ~ Madras!! :) :) :)

4 days to go before I land in Madras to –

To meet my Grandma again!

To attend my cousins wedding

To meet my cousins, some family and some extended family

To eat in the traditional banana leaf

To enjoy the filter kaaapi

To meet my old friends

To visit ALL my favorite places in Madras

To eat at my favorite restaurant

To walk around the streets where I spent most of my childhood

To go to my favorite parlor

To shop at T Nagar and goto bessy beach

To take crazy pictures with everyone in the family

To eat , sleep and take lots of rest

To enjoy a lot and have truck loads of fun

Madrassssss – here I come!!!! How much have I missed you!

Catch up

I know I have neglected this space for like 2 months now. So, a catch up is definitely due. 

Where do I begin? Hmm yes! Let me start from where I left. See my last picture-post? It’s an example. I have been so busy this summer. We were out each and every single day. There was no time to blog. Or should I rather say I was too tired to open this page and write? 

We traveled a lot and had so much fun. We went to New York, New Jersey, Toronto, Niagara Falls, New Hampshire and every nook and corner in the Boston area. 

Talking about happy things, I passed my PMP exam last month. It’s a dream come true! I’m so proud of myself. The moment I saw “Congratulations” on my computer screen in the pro metric center, I was so relieved. I’m right where I need to be In my career now and I’m so happy. 

In other news, we have a home trip coming up.. I can’t wait to do all my shopping and attend a cousin’s wedding. Also get lots of pampering from mom, dad, grandma, cousins, aunts and uncles. It is going to be super fun! :) 

Okay. I will stop now with my rambling and leave you all. Will come back soon with another post. 

Wordless Wednesday 17



IKEA Shelf – Home Mandir

I have always wanted to have a nice swami room at my home. For years we have been using a very old book shelf as the mandir. Now that we bought a new house here in Boston, having a nice little perfect space for the mandir was on TOP of my list.

All along I knew what I wanted. The idea was there but I did not know where to get it from. Buying a wooden mandir shelf here in USA would be very costly. When we went to NY for my birthday, we inquired in a number of desi boutiques and found that the ones I liked would cost me around $500. So, like always I started browsing the blog world to get some DIY ideas and I came across this beautiful post from her which seemed perfect.

I exactly mimicked her and I was so satisfied to see the end result.

First, we were lucky enough to get this shelf from IKEA.

BORGSJO Shelf Unit

I used a white fabric pen to decorate (read Indianize) the doors. 


This part was indeed a challenge. I am not very good at drawing kolams or rather I lost touch with this art for 5 years now. But I tried my best to draw this symmetry. 


And then I wanted to keep Ganesha at the top center of the whole frame. So, I created a backdrop with kolams as shown in the belowpicture.


Next picture shows the entire backdrop.


Then came the fun part. I wanted to have the “Gopuram” effect in my mandir. So, we bought a wall mount shelf from Lowe’s and decorated the top with the wooden beads that I got in Michael’s. Like the original author suggested I also used eye pins to keep the beads in place.


That’s Lemon in action ;)




The final part was hanging the bells. This was tough. I got the bells from Michael’s. But gluing them to the wooden shelf was a challenge. It took us two to three days to figure out how exactly we can glue them. 


Finishing touch was gluing the LED lights (from Lowe’s) to the shelf and adding the decorative door knob from Pier 1 Imports.

The final result is shown in the below picture.


Interested in doing this project for your home?

Here you go –

P.S.: Thanks to her for this wonderful idea. I now have a special place for my mandir at home and I really loved this project. :) 

5 years. 227 posts. 49010 visitors ~ Happy b’day to my bLoG ! :)

5th Blogoversary it is ! I was reminded of my Blogoversary by Facebook today. Early this morning, I got a pop up in my news feed which said ” XXX you have an awesome memory to share with your friends “. And that’s when I realized about this half-a-decade blogversary. 

The past year has been so slow. At least for my blog. I haven’t been keeping this blog very active. I just did 47 posts in 365 days. All this in-activeness in this space is mainly because of Lime. Every time I plan to write something and sit with my laptop, he interrupts and I stop. However, my big achievement in the past year has been participating in the Blogathon!. I did post every day during the month of January. 31 posts in 31 days was indeed a big deal for me. I wish and hope to participate in more challenges in the upcoming years and keep this blog alive. 

Wish me luck everyone. As always thanks to all my wonderful fellow bloggers who have been reading this space regularly. And thanks to all lurkers too. 

Stay tuned  peeps.!

P.S.: Something is wrong with my widgets on the right side of this page. Most of them have not been updating since a long time now. I don’t know why.